Martin Feldstein was born in New York in 1939. After studying at Harvard and then Oxford University (his early academic papers analyse the workings and financing of the UK's national health service), Feldstein returned to Harvard to teach in 1967, where he has remained since apart from a brief spell in Washington.
He advised George H.W. Bush in his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980, and was then appointed chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers from 19
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